County of Alameda

Yardworker (#9410)

Bargaining Unit: BTC - Crafts and Trades (002)
$35.98-$35.98 Hourly / $2,878.40-$2,878.40 BiWeekly /
$6,236.53-$6,236.53 Monthly / $74,838.40-$74,838.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, to act as a utility worker in the performance of a variety of duties and responsibilities in the Public Works Agency Corporation Yard; and to perform related work as required.


The Yardworker classification is used only in the Public Works Agency. Incumbents of positions in this classification are assigned the responsibility of performing a variety of skilled functions requiring the ability to operate a wide variety of tools and equipment in the performance of day-to-day activities.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Performs a wide variety of skilled tasks using tools that include arc welder, body grinder, stand grinder, drill press, hand drills, table saw, cut-off saw, saber saw, saw-all, chain saw, dial caliper-inch and metric, dial indicators with magnetic base and other miscellaneous hand or power tools.

2. Issues power tools and equipment and other miscellaneous supplies to Public Works Agency work crews and maintains the inventory and records of these tools and supplies in a computerized maintenance management and inventory system.

3. Fabricates and repairs flashers, A-frames, barricades and portable road signs.

4. Uses and trains other Agency personnel in the use of various types of equipment, such as portable pumps, generators, chain saws, pole hedgers, pole saws and weedeaters.

5. Maintains landscaping, including the sprinkler system.

6. Orders and receives all supplies for the Public Works Agency field operations, including pipe, lumber, solvents, traffic paint, personal protective equipment, hand tools, road materials, hazmat cleanup materials, etc.

7. Operates forklift to unload newly-received stock.

8. Maintains and repairs all pneumatic and hydraulic tools which include jackhammers, gasoline powered portable water pumps, chippers, generators, hedgers, chainsaws and other hand equipment used by Agency personnel.

Either I

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience as a Laborer in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years of full-time experience performing a variety of skilled tasks as described in the Examples of Duties listed above.


Possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class C Driver's License. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the previous three-year period.

Acquisition of forklift operator’s certificate within 30 days of employment.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Common tools, materials, equipment and methods of carpentry, electrical and mechanical trades.
• Record keeping.
• Basic computer skills.
• Purchasing and requisition procedures.

Ability to:

• Perform skilled tasks in a wide variety of maintenance and construction trades.
• Maintain inventory records.
• Operate a variety of construction tools and equipment.
• Maintain a variety of construction tools and equipment.
• Work effectively under stress.
• Deal and work effectively with co-workers and supply/service vendors.

Revised: 6/78
PR:Lm-h Revised: 6/85
HC:pb Revised: 2/26/92
Old doc: 0875h
New doc: 9410.doc
CSC Date: 3/25/92
RC:pf Revised 4/7/03
CSC Date 5/14/03
MH:cs Revised 2/3/15
CSC Date: 5/27/15


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.